Menopausal hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, affecting almost 80% of women. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that simple changes to your diet can bring relief. The study spanned nine years and researchers found that a woman’s likelihood of experiencing hot flashes dropped by 20% when they included these foods in their diets.
Eggs are high in vitamin B, which plays an important role in adrenal gland function to stabilize estrogen and progesterone balance to reduce hot flashes.
Eating at least one clove of garlic per day, either raw or cooked, can help balance your hormones and prevent menopausal hot flashes due to their high content of phytoestrogens, a plant-based hormone that mimics natural estrogen in the body.
Like garlic, strawberries are high in phytoestrogens, which help keep hormone levels balanced.
Mushrooms contain a mineral called selenium, and low levels of selenium are known to increase stress levels, which can elevate epinephrine and trigger hot flashes.
Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, which is known for its hormone stabilizing properties. Bell peppers also contribute to healthy blood sugar levels, which helps to further reduce hot flashes.
Also high in vitamin C, pineapples help prevent chemical changes to estrogen which can help prevent hot flashes.
Soy is high in isoflavones, which are plant estrogens thought to have estrogen like effects to reduce hot flashes. Choose soybeans, chickpeas, and lentils.
Greens provide the body with antioxidants and promote healthy blood sugar levels, which helps stabilize estrogen levels to lower incidence of hot flashes.
Honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe are more great choices to get vitamin C into your diet. Another great benefit to melons is they can help cool you down when you are experiencing a hot flash.
Unlike white flour foods, which are high in starch and can trigger a hot flash, whole-wheat contains fiber to help manage your blood sugars as well as phytoestrogens to reduce incidence of hot flashes.
As you can see, you have plenty of choices in healthy foods to help minimize menopausal hot flashes, and feel better today.
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